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Experimental Plane Crash At Oakland-Troy Airport

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Courtesy Oakland County

Courtesy Oakland County

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A single engine experimental plane crashed at Oakland-Troy Airport Saturday afternoon, but the pilot was able to get himself out of the damaged aircraft.

The Troy Fire Department was called to the airport on Industrial Row just after 1 p.m. Saturday to a report of a plane crash.

The pilot, who wasn’t identified, told emergency personnel that just before touching down the left wing of the plane “dipped abruptly” hitting the runway and damaging the landing gear.  A statment from the fire department says the “aircraft apparently proceeded to ‘bounce’ when, upon touching down the second time, the other landing gear broke, causing the aircraft to then slide farther down the runway where it eventually came to a stop.”

There was no fire, but a fuel leak from the damaged wing was stopped. 

No further information about the pilot was available Saturday night. 

The cause of the crash is under investigation.  The Federal Aviation Administration will be conducting a follow-up investigation as well.

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